A popular singer in northern Nigeria has been arrested. He was taken away by officers from his home in Kano city on Wednesday evening.
Naziru Ahmad is the latest performer to be detained by the authorities in what seems to be a crackdown on artists who are seen as critical of the state administration.
Ahmad is the chief musician in the court of the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, who has fallen out with the governor of Kano state.
This is a clip of one of his songs in the Hausa language in which he praises the emir, one of the most influential spiritual and traditional leaders in the country’s largely Muslim north.
But the governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, seems determined to quash the emir’s influence. Earlier this year he divided the land of the historic Kano emirate into five sections – leaving the emir in charge of just one part.
Kano state police spokesperson Abdullahi Haruna confirmed Ahmad’s arrest without giving details of the allegations or charges.
Several other musicians have recently either been jailed or are facing trial for allegedly defaming Mr Ganduje in their songs.
It is causing a lot of anxiety in the large entertainment industry in northern Nigeria, much of it based in Kano city, with some saying the arrests are a threat to their freedom of speech.